AnTara
(Tommy Hayes & Matthew Noone)

This duo explores the spaces in-between the traditions of Irish traditional and Indian Classical music. Both regarded as pioneers on their chosen instruments and fearlessly inventive, they create a diverse yet cohesive musical experience.

Matthew ‘mattu’ Noone, an ex-indie rocker and well-known performer of the 25 stringed lute called sarode, has studied North Indian Classical music in Kolkata under Sougata Roy Chowdhury for almost a decade. More recently he has taken guidance from UK based sarodiya, K. Sridhar and has performed Indian music across the globe. He was a founding member of successful fusion group, The Bahh Band and collaborated with Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill in a recent tour of India.

In a career that has exemplified diversity, Tommy Hayes has performed and recorded with most of the great names in traditional music and beyond and has been to the fore in Irish music for over 30 years. He was a founding member of traditional group, Stockton’s Wing and is considered one of the greatest bodhran players on the planet.

This unique project was formed after Matthew was awarded funds from Music Network Ireland to design and purchase a hybrid sarode for collaborations within the Irish music tradition. This project draws upon the slow lyrical style of East Clare music as well Indian drones, a plethora of percussion and experimental acoustic loops.